Cheetahs have survived devastating climate change and a resulting genetic bottleneck.
The claim that inbreeding causes genetic defects is greatly inflated due to social taboos against the practice.
Did climate change wipe out the wooly mammoth? The fossil record may tell a different story of the mammoth's demise.
Humans must learn about the dangers of inbreeding before it's too late.
What is "genetic drift?" How does it affect an animal's genes and their genetic variation?
A study on spotted hyenas found that at least in some species, females really do prefer foreign males. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
"Hybrids" are great for the environment, and I'm not just talking about cars. Find out about the benefits of genetic mixing.
We’ve discussed before how endangered species are at risk from the increased likelihood of inbreeding, which leads to unhealthy offspring. There’s another danger to letting the numbers of animals in a given species become too low. It’s called genetic drift. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Inbreeding is the term used when animals mate with their relatives. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Fans of classic movies will remember the famous dueling banjos scene in Deliverance, the story of four city friends who take an ill-fated boating trip down a backwoods Georgia river. As the friends set out, one of the friends challenges a local boy with a banjo to see who can play faster. At the end […]